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HOW IT WENT DOWN @ NITA E-GOVT AWARDS

By Joachim Twino

The much-anticipated e-government excellence awards night for this year finally came and passed with numerous category winners getting prized at a glamorous ceremony regulator NITA-Uganda organized at Speke Resort Munyonyo.

KCCA representatives picking CIO of the year Martin Sekajja’s dummy cheque symbolizing the Shs30m he won

Preceded by an exhibition at Garden City rooftop to enable government MDAs to showcase what they have done to deepen electronic service delivery, the awards recognize entities that have automated their processes in a manner that complies with regulatory standards prescribed by NITA-U.

The different winners having a photo moment with Prime Minister Ruhakana Rugunda

Presiding the awards night was Prime Minister Ruhakana Rugunda who was accompanied by ICT Minister Frank Tumwebaze and his Investments/Privatization counterpart Evelyn Anite who remarkably was excited seeing UIA, which is one of the entities under her docket, excel at the awards night.

The big men having an exclusive photo moment

THE WINNERS

Under the Citizens Choice Award category, for which citizens vote their best e-services provider from among the 10 best-rated agencies via (www.ecitizens.go.ug), URA emerged winner because of the impact it’s e-tax innovation continues to have on access to efficient service delivery among the tax-paying public.

Ensuring the award is safe and doesn’t fall down

Richard Byarugaba’s NSSF emerged government entity of the year for its unrivalled compliance to the GoU-set IT standards while doing e-services delivery. The NITA recognition simply means NSSF is the most updated government institution when it comes to cyber security, ICT approval N7 processes and acquisition of secure software and hardware.

UBC’s Cedric Babu and Crystal Newman seen here agreeing on the best jokes to crack as the night’s MCs

The e-citie platform, which improved KCCA operations and contributed to Uganda’s increased positive online visibility and improved global rating in the “ease of doing business report,” is the reason KCCA walked away with an additional award besides the Chief Information Officer (CIO) of the year award that was won by their head management systems Mr. Martin Sekaja. He was found to be exemplary in delivery of services in an automated way. He has also championed implementation of national ICT-related standards and guidance among KCCA stakeholder institutions.

Accompanied by accounting officer Rose Kafeero, the IGG Mulyagonja (middle) was also there but kept a low profile

Other award winners included Finance Ministry for their IFMIS innovation hosting over 250 entities; Local Government Ministry for it’s eLogRev automating revenue collection in a select municipalities; URSB for its deeply automated one stop web-based application enabling clients to access all business registration-related info online; UNEB for its e-registration & exam results management system; Gender ministry for automating labor externalization services; Makerere University; UNBS and DPP.

NITA Board member Paula Turyahikayo (and MP) shows Peter Kahigi how they do it in Rubabo

There was also UNRA which walked away with an award because of its PDU e-transit ladder which has enhanced service delivery.

Aggrey Kibenge picks on behalf of the education sector

UIA carried the day emerging best entity under the trade & tourism sector category. URA also took the best exhibitor award because of the way their booth was branded and staffed throughout the Garden City rooftop event.

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Whereas NMS dominated the health sector for its highly impactful “smart care” innovation, Mbarara was rated the most compliant local government when it comes to automating service delivery.

Godwin Muhwezi Bongye represented his employer UNBS

Campusers and their selfie moments

Dokolo MP Paul Amoru was all alone & looked frightened we hope not because of the upcoming party primaries

Crystal Newman reaches out to NITA ED

Rugunda gets introduced to a young man who admires him alot

Minister Anite giving out an award too

Looking forward to see you winning again next year

Richard Byarugaba cracks jokes with NITA-U bosses

MP Turyahikayo Paula has always been very keen on ICT matters

The UNRA team

I’m finally off. Rugunda seemingly tells NITA ED

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